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Hear the old-school Brooklyn Pop-Rock Band, Guards, play songs from their new album, In Guards We Trust.

Listening to Richie Follin's project, Guards, it's hard not to mention his older sister, Madeline Follin of Cults - both talented musicians. Beyond literal lineage, Cults and Guards share an aesthetic of revitalized old-school pop. In perfect little brother form, though, Guards is a bit edgier, a little grungier and eclectic in a way that people with cool older siblings just are. Musically, Richie Follin's 2009 EP felt like Band of Skulls meets Cults, or perhaps The Love Language meets The Black Keys. It was a solid first effort that garnered critical attention and praise.

This month brings In Guards We Trust, Follin's first full album under the Guards moniker; it showcases a sound that's been fleshed out and cleaned up since the release of an EP in 2009. The first single, "Ready to Go," has a bright quality that was absent in 2009. "Coming True" recalls Richie Follin's minimalist, retro calling card, but with a maturity that comes from three-plus years between releases and significant time spent touring as a guitarist with Cults.

Listen to Guards' members discuss their sound and play a few tracks from the album, live from the World Cafe.

This session originally aired on February 5, 2013.

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Recent Release: In Guards We Trust
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Label: Black Bell Records